Falls may signal Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

Older people in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's, before cognitive problems arise, are more likely to fall than people not on track to develop dementia.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease dementia brains older-adults health-and-medicine falls

Loneliness doubled for older adults early in pandemic

Staying close to home reduces COVID-19 risk for older adults, but feelings of loneliness can set in. Neighbors, healthy habits, and technology can help.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 isolation older-adults social-lives health-and-medicine

Mail delays could affect prescriptions for 1 in 4 adults over 50

A huge number of older adults get prescriptions through the mail, poll data shows. Delays in mail delivery could affect their getting medications on time.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: older-adults united-states prescription-drugs featured health-and-medicine

Fall risk rises for older adults before and after hospitalization

The risk older adults will fall rises before and after a hospitalization. The research indicates that falls can be a sign of underlying health issues.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: aging hospitals older-adults health-and-medicine falls

Economic hardship from COVID-19 will hit minority seniors the most

New data shows the Great Recession hurt older, poorer Blacks and Hispanics the most. The pandemic downturn is likely to be even worse for them.

Jane Tavares, Research Fellow, LeadingAge LTSS Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic seniors older-adults living-longer-2020 2007-08-financial-crisis social-security economic-recession

Worries about telehealth are down, but barriers remain

During the first three months of the COVID pandemic, telemedicine skyrocketed among older adults in the US. But concerns and barriers remain.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 telemedicine older-adults health-and-medicine

Worries about telehealth are down, but barriers remain

During the first three months of the COVID pandemic, telemedicine skyrocketed among older adults in the US. But concerns and barriers remain.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 telemedicine older-adults health-and-medicine

Visits to fast food joints protect older adult cognitive health

Trips to local coffee shops or fast food restaurants may provide older adults a boost to cognitive health, according to new research.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cognition food restaurants older-adults social-lives health-and-medicine

Will unsellable houses leave older homeowners high and dry?

A new study undermines the classic "big promise" for older homeowners, that a house, after it is paid off, can sell for a retirement nest egg.

Kyle Mittan-U. Arizona • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: older-adults money housing retirement society-and-culture

Worse memory with age? It may just be ‘different’

Rather than having "worse" memories as we age, it may just be that the way memory works changes over time, researchers report.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: memory aging brains older-adults health-and-medicine

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